When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

Already a subscriber? Log in .

You've reached your limit of one free article.

Get unlimited access to Worldcrunch

You can cancel anytime .


Exclusive International news coverage

Ad-free experience NEW

Weekly digital Magazine NEW

9 daily & weekly Newsletters

Access to Worldcrunch archives

Free trial

30-days free access, then $2.90
per month.

Annual Access BEST VALUE

$19.90 per year, save $14.90 compared to monthly billing.save $14.90.

Subscribe to Worldcrunch
eyes on the U.S.

Wounded Boston Bombing Suspect Starts To Communicate



BOSTON - As the United States prepares Monday to mark one week since the bombing at the Boston Marathon, the lone surviving suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is reported now to be conscious and responding sporadically in writing to questions.

Investigators are asking the Chechen suspect about other possible cell members, as well as other unexploded bombs, law enforcement sources told ABC News late Sunday night. His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev died late Thursday night during a gun battle with police after the two were spotted on CCTV footage just before the bombing.

Nearly 48 hours after he was taken into custody, following an intense gun battle and manhunt that shut down the city, the 19-year-old has been communicating with a special team of federal investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. He was responding to questions mostly in writing because of a throat wound, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity. He remains in serious condition.

[rebelmouse-image 27086708 alt="""" original_size="534x402" expand=1]


Tsarnaev is being treated for a gunshot in the mouth that exited the back of his neck, said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, who was interviewed on CBS" "60 Minutes." He also suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, Davis added.

The official declined to offer any details about the exchanges, writes USA Today, but said Tsarnaev was providing "substantive" information. Authorities also said that the suspect's neck wound may have been the result of a suicide attempt sometime prior to his capture.

Word that the wounded suspect is able to communicate with authorities came as a surprise, says the Boston Herald, especially after details about the severity of his injuries began to emerge earlier in the day. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino had told an interviewer early on Sunday that “we don’t know if we’ll ever be able to question the individual."

Authorities told Reuters that the sedation, and a tongue injury from the throat wound itself, had left him incapable of speech and precluded questioning by investigators.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, the federal prosecutor for the Boston area, was preparing criminal charges on Sunday against Tsarnaev, a naturalized U.S. citizen, according to Davis. It was not clear when charges would be filed, but sources said it could come as early as Monday, reports NBC.

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Will Winter Crack The Western Alliance In Ukraine?

Kyiv's troops are facing bitter cold and snow on the frontline, but the coming season also poses longer term political questions for Ukraine's allies. It may be now or never.

Ukraine soldier in winer firing a large canon with snow falling

Ukraine soldier firing a large cannon in winter.

Pierre Haski


PARIS — Weather is a weapon of war. And one place where that’s undoubtedly true right now is Ukraine. A record cold wave has gripped the country in recent days, with violent winds in the south that have cut off electricity of areas under both Russian and Ukrainian control. It's a nightmare for troops on the frontline, and survival itself is at stake, with supplies and movement cut off.

Stay up-to-date with the latest on the Russia-Ukraine war, with our exclusive international coverage.

Sign up to our free daily newsletter.

This is the reality of winter warfare in this part of Europe, and important in both tactical and strategic terms. What Ukraine fears most in these circumstances are Russian missile or drone attacks on energy infrastructures, designed to plunge civilian populations into cold and darkness.

The Ukrainian General Staff took advantage of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's visit to Kyiv to ask the West to provide as many air defense systems as possible to protect these vital infrastructures. According to Kyiv, 90% of Russian missile launches are intercepted; but Ukraine claims that Moscow has received new weapon deliveries from North Korea and Iran, and has large amounts of stocks to strike Ukraine in the coming weeks.

Keep reading...Show less

The latest